Sermon (7/12/15): Plan A: Run Away
Date: July 12, 2015
Speaker: Steve Elliott
Text: 2 Samuel 15:13-37
How do you and I respond when life is just not going our way?
Time magazine called him “the greatest protestant theologian in America since Jonathan Edwards. His name? Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
David is not resigned to his fate and passive. He is surrendered to God and active.
This combination of willing surrender to the will of God and active, faith filled trust are not contradictory, they are complimentary.
This is David choosing to be in conscious cooperation with God.
Who is really king here?
He has had a change of heart about himself.
“Many of us aren’t nearly as independent-minded as we like to think…”
– Peter Wehner
To put it in another way he says: do you think you have ever been wrong?
“Never push against the pace of grace.”
Adrian Van Kaam
But we forget that our surrender is to God, not to our Absaloms.
Within the idea of original sin is that everyone contributes to this world’s brokenness … you, me, everyone.
God is in the redeeming business, not the condemning business. We are living under the active redemption of God.
How will we respond when life is just not going our way?